A friend sent me the following message the other day commenting on noted criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos (Scott Peterson, Winona Ryder and, briefly, Michael Jackson) who is a CNN commentator on the George Zimmerman trial.
“Jerrianne, in “Anatomy of a Trial” you quote celebrity attorney Mark Garagos as ripping the media for focusing on the “who’s winning, who’s losing” angles in trial coverage. But he’s doing exactly the same thing every day on cable TV coverage of the Zimmerman trial. Would be good if he could walk his talk. Hypocritical not to do so, don’t you think?”
Here’s my reply:
Sure seems so …. I haven’t seen his Zimmerman punditry, but someone else remarked at how snarky he is. Disappointing. Although he came across to me as passionate about his work as a defense attorney, he was always a gentleman with me.
Here’s the Geragos reference in my book my friend was talking about:
And if a high-profile case is in the spotlight, defense attorney Mark Geragos says in a Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review article, reporters “discuss the case as if they observe minute-by-minute action. The news story begins to take on the ESPN sports model, where journalists report that the prosecution had a good day, the defense is playing catch up, the witness took a beating, etc.”
I hadn’t seen Geragos on CNN, so I went through a few of his appearances that CNN has archived.
He’s pretty strident, that’s for sure.
In one he gets into a back and forth with another commentator about the appropriateness of Zimmerman lawyer Don West’s daughter’s post on Instagram and whether it does or should affect the trial in any way.
In another he’s more than a little critical of the prosecution and how it’s presenting it’s case.
I didn’t view them all, so possibly missed the one or more that my friend referred to. Maybe I’ll try again. If you want to, here’s the link to the archived segments:
In all segments I’ve seen he’s been instantly, irrationally and smugly critical of the prosecution. Comes across as classic big-shot defense attorney, in this case seemingly overcome by his deep belief in his own wonderfulness. Maybe I just caught him at moments when he’s just finished a plate of sour grapes.
I appreciate your pointing this out. As I said, I’ve watched only a few segments. I do believe TV pundits think they have to act out, to some extent, to be invited back or win an ongoing spot. Nancy Grace seems to have nailed that.
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